Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
WIOA is a federally funded job training program designed to provide assistance to those needing occupational skills in order to obtain employment or advance with their current employer. WIOA is a competitive scholarship given to a limited number of qualified applicants each semester, and is designed to help dislocated workers, low income adults and youth who are unable to pay the cost of attending Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Applicants must intend on returning to the work force once they have completed their training program.
WIOA at Wiregrass provides:
- Retraining Services for Dislocated Workers
- Financial assistance with costs associated with occupational skills training that may include payments for:
- Other required program items
- Daily Transportation Stipend based off round trip mileage
- Career Counseling and Job Search Assistance through Career Services and the Valdosta One Stop Center-DOL
- Follow-Up Service after graduating from your program and obtaining employment.
To get started with WorkSource Georgia WIOA, follow these steps:
- View our Local List of Demand Careers for Southern Georgia, along with a list of WIOA approved programs at Wiregrass.
- Review the basic eligibility self-check to see if pre-qualify to receive WIOA services.
- Fill out and submit the Applicant Questionnaire. This pre-application is received by a WIOA team member who will follow up with you as soon as possible with any additional questions or requirements needed.
Once approved for WIOA you will be required to complete a WIOA Orientation and agree to accept monthly contacts with your WIOA Coordinator to assist you with your goal of graduating and securing employment. Then, once you become employed, we will continue to assist you for an additional year to help retain and improve your employment. You can complete a Quarterly Follow-Up Form here.
*WIOA is not an entitlement program. All applicants are reviewed by a selection committee. Final approval is made by the Southern Georgia Regional Commission.
For More Information:
Valdosta & Cook Campuses: (229)333-5271
Douglas Campus: (229) 468- 2017
Ben Hill- Irwin Campus: (229) 468-2249
WGTC is a partner with WorkSource Georgia Southern Georgia and the Valdosta One-Stop Center. WGTC students must reside in the Southern Georgia 18-county region. Students who attend Wiregrass but reside in a county outside of the service area are referred to another WIOA provider. Click here to find a list of WIOA Providers or Programs.